The coveted upgrade to Android 7 is still not available to all smartphones, not to mention Android 7.1.2, nonetheless, the users already wait for a new update from Google. The Good Corporation traditionally unveiled Android 8.0 at the annual developer’s conference – Google I/O, which took place from 17 to 19 May in Mountain View, California.
Users around the world are now trying to guess what code name the company will choose for the update. Traditionally, Google picks the name of a sweet treat in alphabetical order, however, it was not unveiled during the presentation. Whether it will be Oreo, we’ll find out after the release of the new version of the operating system. Tell us your version of the full name of Android O in the comments below.
Now we can say exactly what innovations and changes will be implemented in Android O. Of course, the final version may not have all of the following features, however, most of the functionality has been actively tested and developed for already a few months. If you have something to add, please write in the comments below, and we’ll update our article.
After the presentation of Android 8, we’ve got the new facts about such a long awaited update.
Google has started to actively combat applications aimlessly “hanging” in the background and discharging the smartphone. In order to increase the battery life on a single charge, the developers fight the background applications (especially broadcasts, directory services, location updates), the necessity of their background mode will be carefully verified in the future.
Express settings and swipes are now slightly modified. For the quick access, first the most important interface elements will be displayed (Wi-Fi, flashlight, networking, Bluetooth, and “do not disturb” mode), and then all the remaining items.
The new PiP Mode (picture in picture) allows multitasking in all its aspects. You will be able to watch the video and use e-mail or use other applications simultaneously.
Now push notifications on swipe will be controlled much more seriously. Users will be able to customize each notification category (which they will be able to create themselves), and also set the silent mode for 15 minutes, half-hour and hour.
Google adds a feature that will allow the developers to use various application icons depending on the manufacturer’s preferences (various forms and dynamics). Moreover, it is argued that users will be able to choose a dynamic or a static icon.
The developers claim that users generally use the handset, so we are expecting to get a better keyboard. We still don’t know, what exactly will change, so we are waiting for the official release.
During the presentation of Android O, the developers very warmly welcomed the news about the introduction of the Kotlin support, which is more neat and safe compared to the Java programming language.
Kotlin support will be automatically supported in Android Studio version 3.0 using the automated assembly system Gradle, which will introduce new functionality in another language to an existing application without rewriting the application.
Originally, management with touch gestures on branded Google smartphones was introduced on Pixel and Pixel XL. However, the functionality will be seriously extended soon, and the sensor of fingerprint scanner will respond to both vertical and horizontal swipes, as well as short and long taps.
We have already covered the functionality of System UI Tuner in our article. In the new Android OS version, the functionality of this menu will extend to the bottom navigation bar.
According to Google, the download speed of an Android O smartphone will increase twice compared to the previous OS version. The overall system performance will also increase. Thus, when working with the application Google Spreadsheets, the operating speed, according to the company, will increase twice.
Do you want to navigate directly to the desired application when the lock screen is displayed? Now you can manually customize shortcuts on the Lock Screen.
The use of AMOLED matrix in Pixel screens is not a problem anymore! The function of improving the display of color images includes such color profiles as AdobeRGB and Pro Photo.
Improved neural networks will allow you to select a job from the job list in the browser. Given the introduction of Google services in our lives, there are reasons to believe that neural networks will receive enough information about the smartphone owner.
Have you already got used to not entering login and password when you sign into any website through Google Chrome? Now you can use autofill when authorizing in third-party applications, for example, Vkontakte, Facebook, and others.
The pursuit of excellence is one of the main features of the Green Robot company. From now on, Wi-Fi Aware will be supported at the program level on Android devices in order to be able to connect two devices for quick data exchange, even when they are on different networks.
Now every application on the device will be able to show how many notifications you received. And this is a very long-awaited function.
The beta version of Android O has recently appeared on the internet. Developer Preview program is widely used by Google and is intended only for developers. But if you really want something new, and you are an advanced Android user and know how to restore the brick in the event of its death, feel free to test the update now. If you don’t have Nexus or Pixel, Android Studio is there for you.